Meet Jill Butler

 Jill Butler

Jill Butler

By Joe Wayte

Jill was born in Hurstpierpoint and during the course of her life has lived in various places around East and West Sussex, including Haywards Heath and Crowborough, before settling in Cuckfield with her husband, Mark, in 1991.

As the youngest of five siblings, Jill had a father older than those of her peers, and when he became ill she was required to leave school and go to work. “I told the headmaster,” Jill remembered, “and he told me I would make nothing of myself. Hmmph! The best he was prepared to do was to give me a reference for factory work, but I had other ideas!”

When Jill was at school girls weren’t encouraged, like they are in current times, to aspire to things in the same way as men. She considered nursing but with the pay being so low she wasn’t satisfied. “My dad had bought a touch typewriting course for me when I was 13,” she reminisced. “I still remember the name as it was so funny to me at the time – Willy Scheidegger - but typing proved to be pivotal for my career.” On completion of her first test Jill clocked 40 words per minute. On completion of her second and final test she was up to 70 words per minute and realised this was something to pursue.

This article was taken from the July 2018 issue of the Cuckfield Life magazine

Bolnore Scouts

 Bolnore Scouts

Bolnore Scouts

The day started with an update from Marco van Dijk, Chairman of Bolnore Scouts, on recent developments and equipment purchases for the group, including the imminent arrival of two inflatable marquees to replace the ageing, leaky canvas one!

This was followed by games and activities, including Nerf shooting, tombola, making smores, a BBQ and, most important, soaking the Group Scout Leader, Nigel, with waterlogged sponges. In addition the leaders all clubbed together to make a donation to douse him with a bucket of iced water!

This article is an extract from the July 2018 issue of Cuckfield Life magazine

David Foord-Brown Antiques in Cuckfield

 David Foord-Brown and Sean Barry

David Foord-Brown and Sean Barry

By Joe Wayte
Behind the Counter takes a peek into some of the things you may not know about our beloved shops and their owners. In this first edition we meet David Foord-Brown of David Foord-Brown Antiques, along with his partner, Sean Barry.

David grew up in Cuckfield and always had a passion for antiques. “When I was younger there were six antiques shops in Cuckfield,” David mentioned, “and my parents didn’t always see the trade as anything more than something that took place in a local village. I really wanted to take myself further.” David begun his career by buying and selling items based out of his home before joining one of Bond Street’s finest antiques and silver dealers. He then set his sights on the London markets such as Portobello.

Sean started life in the north of England and studied a degree in Fine Art at Preston Polytechnic. He started work at a printing business putting his skills to use before meeting David at a dinner party and moving to Sussex to start his own design business. “I packed up my things and hired a van,” Sean explained, “knowing that for a good career I would need to move to London. I drove down on a Saturday and I was offered a role in the printer’s by the following Tuesday.”

This extract was taken from an article published in the July 2018 Cuckfield Life magazine.